5 Ways To Find More Time In Your Day

5 ways to find more time in your day

We all know that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. So, how do some people seem to do more each day than others can do in a week? If you are wondering the same thing, here are 5 tips to squeeze more productive time out of your day.

Beware the dragons

Okay, I just wrote that because I thought it sounded cool. There are tons of things you do every day that are a complete waste of time. One of my biggest dragons is the bathroom. I can spend hours in there primping, but I won’t have anything to show for all that time. I have learned to keep a clock in my bathroom so I don’t lose track of time.

Set a timer

Anytime I am on a computer, I find that I need to set some sort of timer to keep me on track. Once I spent two hours on Facebook only to notice the time and wonder what happened to the past two hours. By setting a timer, I am limiting how much time I will just hang out on a site like Facebook or looking at gowns. Also, turn off your notifications and schedule when you will check email or Facebook.

Keep a diary

Create a log sheet with 5, 10 or 15 minute intervals per day. Then over the course of three or four days, log what you do from the moment you wake up to the time you fall asleep. This will give you insight as to where you spend your time. Don’t just block out an eight hour work block, write down exactly what you are doing at work. Also, be aware of how you spend your time at the gym. I could easily spend two hours there but only really do about a half hour of working out. The rest of my session would be spent chatting.

Create a schedule for your “to do” list

I am pretty good at creating a “to do” list everyday. I find that if I don’t set a specific time to do each item, I will find other things to do instead. By setting the times to do things I don’t really want to do, I am holding myself accountable. It also allows others to know that this is when I do certain things, like working out. I have fewer interruptions because they know that I will be finished at a certain point and can wait until then to talk to me.

Take a break

This may sound like I am contradicting myself, but studies prove that we humans perform better when we take scheduled breaks. I am not talking about checking Facebook as a break, but a true breather. Close your eyes or look out a window for 10 minutes, take a nap, or do some meditation or prayer. All of these breaks will allow you to return to your work with a renewed energy.

All of these are great ways to find more time in your 24 hours. Remember to include in your schedule time to practice your pageant walk and interview skills. Neither of these should require more than about 15 minutes each. So, the next time you find yourself wondering where the time went, try one or all of these suggestions.

This article is from my ebook Crown Connection. It is full of great ideas for competing in pageants or just in life. Get your copy today!

Hugs,

Michelle

Pageant Coach

A day in the life of a runway model

A day in the life of a runway model

Runway model. What comes to mind when you hear those words? Glamour? Fame? A luxury lifestyle? Well, that may be true for a few models, but most will never reach that status. I had the opportunity to spend a day as a runway model during Denver Fashion Week Spring 2018. Here’s how my day went.

Be Brave

It all started when I saw an announcement for a casting call for runway models over 50 for Denver Fashion Week. On one night during that week, they have a nontraditional models night. It’s a variety of models in all shapes and sizes and all walks of life. I think its pretty cool!

So, I decided that 2018 would be my year to be brave. I plucked up the courage to go to the casting call. Aside from years of modeling as well as having been a modeling instructor for Barbizon School of Modeling, I actually had no idea what I was doing. I followed the directions and arrived early. When they had my age group line up, I jumped up and got to the front first. The people making the decisions simply had us walk toward them and stop. I did my best catwalk strut and looked the “judges” in the eye. The judges chose me to be a runway model for Denver Fashion Week!

Hurry up and wait

I exchanged information with the designer for whom I would model. He explained that he had New York Fashion Week to get through and it would be closer to the actual show before I would be called to do a fitting. The casting call was in January. The designer did not communicate with me until early March. It was less than two weeks to the show. Luckily, I could wear anything he put on me. In the end, he created a whole new look for me to wear the day of the show.

More hurry up and wait

The day arrived and started rather late for me. My first stop was for a final fitting. I met with the designer at his studio at 1 pm. The outfit was pretty much made for me, so it fit. We just needed to figure out how to get the shrug to stay on. After a bit of brain storming, we decided to simply pin the front so it would hold together. I had two hours until I had to report for my “call time”. That’s when everyone is supposed to show up. So, I went to lunch.

Call Time

I arrived at the venue a bit early. In spite of detailed directions, I still couldn’t find my way to entrance I needed to enter through. Luckily, the nice lady at the front desk gave me good directions. The call time was for 3:30 and I wouldn’t actually walk the runway for six more hours. What in the world would we do for six hours?

Even more hurry up and wait

You guessed it! More waiting. I found where my team was meeting. We models quickly got to know one another while the hair and makeup people started to arrive. As they set up, Murphy’s Law came into play. The only outlet in our section didn’t work. While the hair and make up people figured out what to do, our group was called to practice.

I grabbed my heels that I would wear that night and we all went to the stage. We waited a while before we had our turn for the run through. Each of us were to walk individually on the stage and then circle the stage as a group. The first run through, we were given directions and advice. The second time, we simply walked as we were instructed with the occasional correction.

By the time we were finished, the hair and makeup people had found us a new location. We helped move the final equipment and got settled. We still had about three hours until the show would start and the hair and makeup people were worried about getting us ready to soon. So, we waited some more.

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Hair and Makeup

Finally, the hair and makeup people decided it was time to get ready. Trust me, this was not so glamourous. The designer wanted loose beach waves in our hair and a smokey eye look. The hair people decided to roll our hair in paper towels. Yes, you read that correctly. My hair is fine and thin, so the person doing my hair used a ton of product and a ton of paper towels. It took a long time to roll.

Next up was makeup. I have a severe allergy to the red dye in eye makeup, so I brought my own. The young lady was gracious and understanding enough to use my own make up. She was very professional and knew what she was doing. Stage lights can wash out a persons face. She clearly understood this and made sure I had plenty of contouring.

Then came the torture! The young woman who had rolled my hair was ready to take it out. She had so much product still on her hands that she pulled my hair to the point of pain. I gutted it out. The worst part was that everyone else had loose beach waves and I had spiral curls! Oh well. On with the show.

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Finally, show time!

Ok, maybe not. We were dressed and ready by 9 pm. We made our way to the back stage area. Once we got there it was more waiting. Our time was supposed to be 9:30, but it was closer to 9:45 before we hit the runway. I had a friend who recorded my walk as a runway model. I spent a total of one minute on that stage. Then we did the final walk together. So, we models spent over six hours preparing for a grand total of two minutes of stage time.

DENVER, CO - MARCH 22: Local Showcase and Alternative Models during Denver Fashion Week at Wings Over the Rockies on March 22, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 22: Local Showcase and Alternative Models during Denver Fashion Week at Wings Over the Rockies on March 22, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

Would I do it again?

You bet I would be a runway model for Denver Fashion Week again! Although I was only on that stage for a very short time, I felt it was so important to represent the over 50 age group of women. This group is a growing and powerful collection of strong women. It was such an honor to be on that stage.

If you are considering being brave this year and competing in a pageant, I would love to partner with you to achieve that goal. I offer a variety of online classes that you can do on your own. If you really want personal coaching, I recommend any of my private coaching sessions.   Let’s be brave together this year!

Hugs,

Michelle

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5 Mistakes Made By Mrs. Pageant Competitors

5 mistakes Mrs Pageant

The Mrs. Pageant division is completely different from any other division. It has the added requirement of being married on top of all the other things you are already busy doing to live your life. This division can be difficult to navigate whether you are a seasoned pageant competitor or a first time newbie. Here are some of the most common mistakes I see married women do in this division.

Being underprepared

Even if you have competed in pageants as a teen, the Mrs. Pageant division is a whole new level. There are so many changes that need to be made to your bio and your stage work. The cute things that worked as a teen won’t impress the judges now. If you’ve never competed in a pageant, this would be the time to work with a pageant coach to bring your pageant skills up to the level they need to be. Think of the Mrs. Pageant as moving up to the major leagues in baseball.

Not Swimsuit Ready

The three major Mrs. Pageants include International, America and Unite States. There are many more than this. The “big three” have fitness as a major part of the score. Just being skinny won’t earn you the winning score. You need to be fit and toned as well. This requires not only doing your cardio, but resistance training and eating right. Working with a trainer is a great option to make sure you are in the best shape.  Be sure to give yourself at least three months to be fit if you are already in great shape. If you need to loose weight, I would give yourself six months to a year.

The Prom Dress

You might get away with a prom dress in the Teen or even the Miss divisions. By the Mrs. Pageant category you will need a pageant gown. That doesn’t mean you have to spend your kids college fund. Many gowns are pageant ready without breaking the bank. You can also purchase gown from great resale sites like Pageant Resale.   Renting a more expensive gown is also an option. The gown store in the mall is not a good place to look. It’s worth it to work with a reputable gown dealer.

No Platform

A platform is your message to the world. Many women support a non-profit as their platform. If you are already involved in an organization and you are passionate about it, that is your platform. If you don’t have a particular organization you support, take a look at where you spend your time. Do you volunteer with several groups? Then your platform could be volunteerism. Do you support a variety of organizations that build confidence in women and girls? Your platform could be building confidence. Take a look at your calendar and your checking account. Those are your best clues for your platform

Wonder Woman Syndrom

You don’t have to do everything! Having kids won’t help you win. A high profile job like lawyer or doctor won’t impress the judges. In fact, you can be a stay at home mom and win. Just live your life! You already juggle so much between being married, giving back to your community and caring for your family. You are enough!

Are you considering competing in a Mrs. Pageant? Not sure how to get started? I can help you be confident and competitive at the Mrs. level. I would love to partner with you to present the best you to the judges and help you to be memorable. Get your private coaching package now and lets work together to leave a lasting impression.

Hugs,

Michelle

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Pageant Winning Smile

5 Tips for a winning smile

A pageant winning smile can be expensive. I love reading Allure Magazine. Each month I eagerly sit down to skim through it and then read each article. Some of my coaching tips have come from this magazine. One thing I always see is an ad for some teeth whitening products. They range from toothpaste to blue light whiteners. You can spend even more money getting those pearly whites by going to your dentist! Here are some inexpensive tips for whiter teeth you can do at home.

 Peroxide/Baking Soda 

I began using this combination as a substitute for toothpaste. Before my diagnosis of gluten intolerance, I had terrible gums and often has sores in my mouth. This combination seemed to heel my gums and keep my mouth from having other issues. A wonderful side effect was the whitening of my teeth. I used this every day, but I have a friend who likes to brush with this once a week. I simply pour the hydrogen peroxide over my toothbrush and dip it in a small amount of baking soda. Then I would brush normally. It doesn’t taste good, but it sure works.

 Use a sonic toothbrush 

Several years ago I received a Sonicare Toothbrush as a Christmas gift. I have to say, it was one of the best gifts ever. I have actually worn that one out and am on my second one. These get teeth cleaner than regular brushing. This also makes your teeth whiter by removing more plaque. Of course, flossing is a must for that pageant winning smile!

 Wear blue based lipstick or gloss 

This is an old makeup artist trick I learned a long time ago. The blue in the lipstick will counter the yellow on your teeth making them appear whiter. OK, so they aren’t actually any whiter than when you started, but the will look whiter. That’s what counts.

 Use Whitening Toothpaste 

I think just about every brand of toothpaste offers a whitening formula. Although the amount of peroxide in these products won’t make a huge difference, it is a start. Brushing regularly may make a small difference and help keep your teeth clean between dentist visits.

 Whitening Strips 

I have used these in the past and found them to be fairly effective. They are less expensive than a professional whitening visit. They do take time. Some are only to be worn for as little as 20 minutes. Others need to be worn for an hour or two. You will taste the peroxide in these and I found my teeth to be sensitive after using them. This requires some patience also as these can take several applications to work.

 Avoid foods and drinks that will stain your teeth 

These include drinks like coffee, tea, cola and red wine. That pasta sauce you love may also stain your teeth. Berries, like blueberries are known to stain teeth. Beware of even your sports drinks. Avoiding these, or at least using a straw will help to reduce your stains and keep your teeth whiter.

In general, good oral hygiene will be more than adequate to keep those pearly whites. However, if after all these tips, you still want whiter teeth, I recommend going to a professional. Check with your dentist. Most offer teeth whitening service. Lastly, remember to smile! That’s the best way to show off those bright white teeth.

Looking for more great tips and tricks to stand out at your next pageant? Grab my two hour audiophile, Pageant 101 today! You can download it to your phone and listen anywhere!

Hugs!

Michelle

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The Passing of Pageant Patty

The passing of

Pageant Patty is no more real than Betty Crocker, but somehow, we all know one. She has the perfectly rehearsed pageant walk and the carefully crafted interview answer for everything. Her hair and makeup are always on point. Even her wardrobe, which costs a small fortune, is perfect. There was a time when this person would win the pageant. So why doesn’t Pageant Patty win as much, if at all, any more?

I think a great example of this phenomenon is our newest Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Her first runner up was Miss Columbia, Laura Gonzalez. Laura had the perfect look. She was poised as she answered her onstage question. She had the perfect smile and even the classic pageant walk. Everything was perfect. Apparently, too perfect.

Compare her to Demi-Leigh. Demi-Leigh wore her hair piled up on top of her head instead of the traditional long curls. She wore a small pair of studs instead of the long earrings for evening gown. For her gown shoes, she chose to forgo the nude Chines Laundry sandals for a chunky heeled, sparkly shoe. In my opinion, Demi-Leigh broke all the Pageant Patty rules right down to her “imperfect” walk.

So, how did she win when she was up against the very polished Miss Columbia? I think it all comes down to her doing what she did best, being her genuine self. She flirted with the camera. The smile on her face was so genuine and fun. Her answer for the onstage question was was well researched but unrehearsed. That whole package is so appealing today.

Judges are no longer looking for the Pageant Patty of years ago. The rehearsed interview answers have gone to simple conversations. Perfect pageant walks have been replaced with true confidence. Judges are looking for real women and girls who are comfortable in their own skin and confident in who they are.

So, why would anyone even need a coach anymore? I can tell you that coaching is still a great way to build your confidence and be fully prepared. A coach can help you to create the perfect pageant paperwork to showcase you and help the judges get to know the real you. A good pageant coach will help you develop your conversation skills to help you stand out in a sea of nervous contestants. By building your confidence, you will be free to simply be you.

Let’s partner together to create a lasting memory of you. You are unique! Let’s make sure the judges see that. Grab your private coaching package now. Let’s make this your year to win!

Hugs!

Michelle